Four Hacks To Make Your Mornings Easier. The Official Guide to Waking up Without a Struggle
If you’re more of a night owl than an early bird, you’ll know that Monday morning (or every morning) feeling of dread. Your alarm goes off and you have to find the motivation to leave the warm, snuggly surroundings of your bed. According to Jean Matheson, a sleep disorders specialist, it’s not necessarily the case that you’re lazy, but it's actually that your body clock is mismatched with the demands of your life. Your body clock is controlled by the suprachiasmatic nucleus, which is a part of the brain that controls your body’s biological rhythm. Of course, all of our body clocks are different, making it difficult for our natural rhythms to align with daily realities of work and school.
If you’re familiar with the morning struggle, keep reading for our top hacks, guaranteed to make your Monday mornings as easy as Sunday mornings.
Plan your morning routine
Having a set morning routine can really help with your motivation levels to get out of bed. Devising a plan the night before of what you will do the next day can help you get up and out. At the end of each day, write down the most important things that you want to achieve the following day. Only choose a few to ensure that your goals are attainable. So when you wake up in the mornings, you know exactly what your priorities are, reducing the time spent in the morning preparing, and allowing you to be productive from the get go.
Making yourself accountable for an activity or goal the next morning can help to kick-start your day. Whether that’s organising breakfast with a friend, signing up to your favourite gym class or heading out for a dog walk, taking control of your morning can make a real difference.
Let the light in
Your brain is sensitive to light and dark, because of the hormones connected to your circadian rhythm. According to Sleep Station, a market-leading sleep programme, controlling the light in your bedroom can enhance how you feel when you wake up, whilst also helping to improve your sleep routine. So how can you do this?
In the summer it is easy to control the light in your room; simply leave your blinds or curtains open when you go to bed, so the natural sunlight triggers your circadian rhythm.
In the winter months, waking up can be even harder because of the lack of sunlight. At this time of year, when there is less natural light in the mornings, light alarm clocks can be used to mimic the sunrise instead.
Don't hit the snooze button
Although tempting, hitting the snooze button can make you feel even groggier in the mornings. The science behind the snooze button shows that the time in between you pressing snooze and the alarm going back off isn’t enough time to complete a full sleep cycle. This means that your alarm rudely awakens you as you are transitioning in between sleep cycles, leading you to that awful feeling of grogginess. Here are some of our top tips for avoiding the snooze button:
- Position your alarm clock on the other side of your bedroom, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. That way you’re already up on your feet, and less likely to fall back asleep.
- Try alternating or trying different alarm sounds, so you don’t become immune to the noise, as this can make it more difficult to wake up.
- Wake up by your sense of smell. Some air freshener diffusers can be scheduled to a set time to help wake you up. Or if your coffee machine has a timer, why not try waking up to the scent of freshly brewed coffee.
Benenox before bed
Ensuring your body is fueled throughout the night is not only key to getting better quality sleep, but to waking up feeling better as well. You may think that your brain is resting whilst you sleep, but in fact, it's active. Supplying your brain with energy during the night is essential to feeling refreshed and restored in the morning.
Benenox is a food supplement containing Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps prevent tiredness and fatigue and contributes to normal energy production. Try adding Benenox to your bed time routine and wake up in the morning ready to take on the day. You can find Benenox in a range of stores and online retailers. Visit our about page to find your nearest stockist.
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